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I’d Love to Change the World

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Alvin Lee from Ten Years After wrote ‘I’d Love To Change The World’ and it charted #40 in the US after being released on their 1971 album A Space In Time which was the seventh album by the British blues rock band and this song went on to be their all-time best selling album.  ‘Change The World’ was the group’s sole entry into the Billboard Top 40, their biggest hit and most enduring song, and it turned gold and stayed on the charts for nearly half a year.  Alvin Lee thought that the world needed to change, but he had no clue how to go about that, so he is leaving it up to the rest of us to make the changes.  The song oozes with a certain sadness, and yet is achingly beautiful all the while.  Alvin Lee fashions one of his finest and most emotional leads in this song.  This song has a note of despair wrapped in hope, as the world is seen to be on a collision course with disaster, yet the singer doesn’t know where to begin or how to help, or if he can help, leaving it up to the listener to decide the best way to help.  Although this was their biggest hit, they rarely played it live.

In 1960, guitarist Alvin Lee and bassist Leo Lyons meet when they both join a local Nottingham, England band called the Atomites with drummer Pete Evans.  They recruited singer Ivan Jay, and they became Ivan Jay and the Jaycats, and the Jaybirds and later known as Ivan Jay and the Jaymen who basically played rock ‘n roll, some R & B, and a bit of blues, doing some Chuck Berry tunes.  In 1965, Ric Lee (no relation) was persuaded to leave his band, the Mansfields, and take over drumming duties for the Jaybirds.  In 1966, Chick Churchill joined the group as keyboard player and they signed with manager Chris Wright and changed their name to Blues Trip.  They finally settled on Ten Years After as their new name, supposedly in honor of Elvis Presley, as this was ten years after the birth of rock and roll.

Alvin Lee left the band in 1973 to focus on his solo career.  That year, he and Mylon Le Fevre an American Christian rock singer released On the Road to Freedom, which featured collaborations with George Harrison, Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi, Ronnie Wood and Mick Fleetwood.  Alvin died on March 6, 2013 due to complications after a routine surgery for atrial arrhythmia.  Between 1968 and 1973, Ten Years After scored eight Top 40 albums on the UK Albums Chart.  At Woodstock, the band closed their set with a 12-minutes-long ‘I’m Going Home’ encore song, saving their best for last and this was the group’s main claim to fame.

Everywhere is freaks and hairies
Dykes and fairies, tell me where is sanity
Tax the rich, feed the poor
‘Til there are no rich no more?
I’d love to change the world
But I don’t know what to do
So I’ll leave it up to you
Population keeps on breeding
Nation bleeding, still more feeding economy
Life is funny, skies are sunny
Bees make honey, who needs money, Monopoly
I’d love to change the world
But I don’t know what to do
So I’ll leave it up to you
World pollution, there’s no solution
Institution, electrocution
Just black and white, rich or poor
Them and us, stop the war
I’d love to change the world
But I don’t know what to do
So I’ll leave it up to you

The challenge today is to focus on this song and use it for a short story, a piece of flash fiction, or a poem that you can share with the WordPress writing community.  There is no need to stick with this song, as if you like to write about another Ten Years After song, or a song that is about the world being a mess, that would work.  You might also go with a song about the need to change.

The whole point of this MM Music challenge is to get you to think, to trigger something so that you can show how creative you are and everyone is welcome to participate.  This challenge is very loose, so pretty much whatever you come up with will be acceptable.  I try to throw some ideas out there for you and if they seem right, then go with it.  You could write about the coronavirus Covid-19, and how this pandemic has changed your world.  If you want to write about not knowing what you could do to help, that would be perfect, or better yet what length you would go to, in order to save the world, like would you be willing to be a guinea pig, so that a new vaccine could be created.

Dylan Hughes will be here on next Friday March 27 with her First Line Friday and I suggest that everybody check out this fun prompt challenge.  I will be back on Friday, April 3 with another MM Music Challenge where we will discuss the song ‘Promises In The Dark’.  When you are finished writing your post, create a ping back to this post, but you can also place your link in the comments section below if you desire.  This Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie MM Music challenge has a special feature called Mr. Linky, which will allow you to instantly link your post after you click the Mr. Linky Button, and permit everyone to read your post sooner that way, and then follow the directions that are given.

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My About Me section is meant to provide my readers with an honest picture of myself that gives a little bit of background information on who I am and I will wrap this up with a catchy image. I am a story teller and I like to use my imagination. I am interested in many things, but a few of my favorites are watching the NFL and playing golf. I do not like onions and I always make sure that my food does not contain any. I had two wonderful parents, my dad Herb Adams was a television repairman and my mother Mary Adams was mostly a stay at home mom. They are both deceased now and I miss them. I am a retired Electrical Engineer specialized in control systems. I held many different positions because I worked mostly as a consultant. I did work as a Substitute Teacher, for a while, but the kids were awful. I am happiest when I am writing, as this gives my life has a purpose. Forming a sentence with meaningful words that articulate my inner feelings is an everyday quest for me. Every writer needs to tell their story, and all writers have their own style. All stories starts off with characters, who are able to entertain the reader. Creating realistic lovable characters is the best way to tell a story. If you are able to develop characters that become real to you, then you will know exactly what they will do say and do next and this lets your story progress to the completion. Writing changes everything and having the calling to create something new through the power of words is much more than just making marks on a page. Once written, a book can be used by many people to learn and be entertained. The act of writing can be compared to the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle as it contains an inherent fuzziness, because various people may derive different meanings from reading the same words. You can never know the true nature of written words and the best I can do is hope is that people will understand the meanings that I am trying to convey. There are no clear-cut laws on how to write and it is impossible for me to determine how my readers react to my books.

11 comments on “I’d Love to Change the World

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  2. Violet Lentz
    March 20, 2020

    This is a hauntingly beautiful song. I’ll have to ponder the lyrics.

    • newepicauthor
      March 20, 2020

      Let me know what you come up with Violet.

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  4. newepicauthor
    March 20, 2020

    Reblogged this on A Unique Title For Me and commented:
    I feel like the coronavirus Covid-19 has affected my life more than the 911 tragedy did, as after the plane crashes my life went back to normal, but now I don’t know what to expect. I would love to change the world and go back in time, so everyone could have been more prepared for this, but I guess we all have to deal with whatever consequences arise from this. It is just awful to hear that some Republican senators quietly dumped their stocks after a classified coronavirus briefing, where they learned that the crisis would be worse than the White House was admitting and as Trump officials were urging Americans to buy into the market. They should all be sent to jail for insider trading. Any way Alvin Lee once thought that he would like to change the world.

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  7. Reena Saxena
    March 21, 2020

    I like the lines

    I’d love to change the world
    But I don’t know what to do
    So I’ll leave it up to you

  8. Reena Saxena
    March 21, 2020

    Have added a link from a self-hosted site.

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